NT vs Other Nutrition Professionals

Introduction

Nutritional Therapists and Dietitians are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to support a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal

One distinct difference is that Nutritional Therapists don’t work in hospital settings and are not trained in critical care nutrition management

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Nutritional Therapists

Overview

Nutritional Therapy (NT) involves the dietary intervention and the judicious use of dietary supplements for the maintenance of optimum health and prevention of disease

NT is the application of nutrition and health science to enable individuals to optimise their health potential. It is client centred and a systems based biology approach that focuses on finding the root cause of ill health

NT may help alleviate a wide range of conditions and support recovery from ill health using food and where appropriate supplements

NT are practitioners who are comprehensively trained using Nutritional Therapy in clincial practice

The title ‘Nutritional Therapist’ is currently not protected by law. Many NT’s call themselves Nutritionists

However, a Nutritional Therapist that is a member of NTOI must meet and adhere to to Code of Practice as set out by the organisation

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Dietitian

Overview

A Dietitian uses the science of nutrition to devise eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions

They promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choice

The title ‘Dietitian’ is protected by statute. Only individuals registered with CORU may describe themselves as a Dietitian

Many Dietitians also call themselves Nutritionists

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Nutritionist

Overview

A Nutritionist is currently not a protected term therefore, currently anyone can call themselves  “a nutritionist”

A variety of people give advice on food including individuals who are qualified in related professions e.g. fitness trainers

However, when taking advice, it is wise to speak with either an NTOI registered NT or a Dietician as both of these professions are regulated and comply with ongoing training (CPD) requirements

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Health Or Wellness Coaches

Overview

Heath coaching is currently not a protected term therefore, currently anyone can call themselves “a coach”

Coaches are trained to give general nutrition advice only

A variety of people give advice on food including individuals who are qualified in related professions e.g. fitness trainers, food bloggers etc.

However, when taking advice, it is wise to speak with either an NT or a dietician as both of these professions are regulated and comply with ongoing training (CPD) requirements

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Regulation

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Nutritional Therapists

Self-Regulated via NTOI

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Dietitian

Statutorily Regulated

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Nutritionist

None

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Health Or Wellness Coaches

Unknown

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Education

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Nutritional Therapists

3.5 year diploma (min) in
Nutritional Therapy*

plus A minimum of 200
hours of supervised
clinical practice

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Dietitian

Bachelors of Science

(BSc.)

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Nutritionist

No defined criteria

Can variy from online
courses to MSc. level

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Health Or Wellness Coaches

Often online training courses
is anything from 3 days
to 9 months

Coaches are limited to
prescibe supplements

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Strict Code Of Conduct

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Nutritional Therapists

Yes

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Dietitian

Yes

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Nutritionist

No

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Health Or Wellness Coaches

No

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Continuing Professional Development
(CPD)

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Nutritional Therapists

30 CPD per year

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Dietitian

30 CPD per year

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Nutritionist

No

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Health Or Wellness Coaches

No

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CPD Audit

Yes – Annual

Yes

No

No

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Yes – Annual

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Yes

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No

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No

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Professional Membership

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Nutritional Therapists

Nutritional Therapists of Ireland
(NTOI)

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Dietitian

Irish Nutrition and Dietetics of Ireland
(INDI)

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Nutritionist

No

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Health Or Wellness Coaches

No

Place of Work

Private sector

Primarily within the HSE
& also private sector

Private sector

Private sector

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Evidence based

Yes

Yes

No

No

Offer Fad Diets As A Programme

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Nutritional Therapists

No

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Dietitian

No

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Nutritionist

Often

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Health Or Wellness Coaches

Often

Innovative Approach to
Nutritional Science

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Nutritional Therapists

Yes

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Dietitian

No

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Nutritionist

No

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Health Or Wellness Coaches

No

Recommends Functional
Nutrition Testing

Yes

Sometimes

Possible

No

Full professional
indemnity insurance

Yes

Yes

No

No

Only dietitians and Nutritional Therapists are trained in clinical practice to give one-on-one personal health advice

NTOI members continue with further study and / or exceed their CPD requirements

A Nutritional Therapist Consultation

FAQ’s

What will happen during a consultation?

As part of the consultation process, your Nutritional Therapist will go through your medical history and assess current health status. Your personal health concerns, needs and goals will be discussed and a personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan will be devised on this basis

How often will I see my Nutritional Therapist?

This very much depends on the health concern in question. At the very least, an initial consultation and one follow up consultation will be required, but each case is individual

How much does a session usually cost?

Appointment costs can vary from Nutritional Therapist to Nutritional Therapist, but are usually in the region of €75 to €150

Do Nutritional Therapists specialise in certain health conditions?

Yes. You can search for a Nutritional Therapist for a specific health condition:

Find A Practitioner

Are Nutritional Therapists bound by a Code of Ethics?

All NTOI practitioners adhere to the NTOI Code of Professional Practice.

Please click on the link to open it in PDF format for viewing and/or download:

Code of Professional Practice NTOI